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IC and Insomnia: 7 Simple Energy Science Remedies

There is nothing like a good night’s rest and when that doesn’t happen it’s a source of deteriorating health  cherriesChronic disease such as the IC bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystititis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, IBS, GERD, and fibromyalgia) is often associated with sleep problems  More than 25% of the US population have sleep disturbances and 10% have chronic insomnia  Although not specifically studied with the IC syndrome, sleep disturbances occur in people with diabetes, depression, obesity, and those with cardiovascular disease

It’s not too difficult to understand why sleep disturbances would occur with the syndrome of IC  Getting up at night in order to pacify a bladder that wants to urinate is understandable but other situations such as rectal spasm or vaginal symptoms may also play a role in altering the sleep pattern  And of course the ramifications of chronic fatigue from sleep deprivation begin to show when continued problems of interrupted sleep occur

So what can be done to help with sleep disturbance that can support pharmaceuticals that are prescribed?

Sleep Aids

There are many effective sleep pharmaceuticals to use but they have the potential of sleep hangover so there are some natural sleep aids that can help  As ususal with energy science work it’s not just one thing that is done to help with a problem so use many of the below suggestions to help solve the problem

Moderate exercise  This helps tax the body so that it wants rest at night  Nothing like making the body tired  Pranayama can be a very effective way to exercise if you have difficulty with walking, running, or accessing equipment

Eating cherries or drinking cherry juice  This fruit is a natural source of melatonin and tryptophan so drinking cherry juice around bedtime makes complete sense  Researchers at LSU used tart cherry juice and found an increase of 90minutes of sleep a night

Prepare for sleep  If a sleep disturbance occurs one of the first things is to look at what time you’re going to bed and what time you’re waking up  In general bedtime should be around 10pm and wakeup around 7am  So if your planned bedtime is 10p begin getting ready for bed around 930p taking a warm calming tub bath and massaging the head and feet with bhringaraj oil that relaxes the nervous system Listening to calming music, pleasant reading and NOT watching TV are good things to do for sleep preparation

Interrupted sleep  Some recommend that if you’re having trouble waking up in the middle of the night and cannot get back to sleep that you stay up if you have given yourself an adequate chance to go back to sleep  When you stay up and begin the day at 3am and do that for three days in a row, it will be impossible for you not to have a good night’s sleep  This is especially if you avoid naps during the day  The body requires sleep and deprivation for 17 days leads to death so forcing sleep deprivation can become a solution

Nutmeg and milk  The herb nutmeg is an excellent sleep aid and coupled with a soothing cup of warm milk will help take the edge off and allow you to go into slumberlands  Other herbal therapies  There are a number of herbs that can act synergistically with one another in order to cumulatively give you better rest along with dealing with other physiologic problems  Rasayans as well as tagar, valerian, brahmi, shankapushpi, jatamamsi, and vidari are excellent at calming the nervous system and promoting better sleep

Chamomile tea  This herb also has a sedating effect to the nervous system and can be effective as a sleep aid

So Hum  There may be times when you want to fall asleep but the mind is just too agitated for one reason or another to let the body relax  Instead of counting sheep or listening to the mind’s endless chatter you can use So Hum breathing  So Hum is a mantra that mimics the sound of the breath  So on inhalation and Hum on exhalation  When you use this mantra you can calm the nervous system and bring on sleep much more easily

 

 

 

Expectations About Healing IC

Posted by on Sep 16, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 2 comments

Expectations About Healing IC

Obviously this is a common question posed by those doing energy science work for clearance of their IC complex of bladder pain and possibly IBS, GERD and fibromyalgia As a child you may have asked, “Are we there yet?” and “Now are we there yet?”  So when will this IC be over?   The short answer is, “It’s over when it’s over.”  But to be more specific, in general it takes 2 months of release for every year of imbalance   So if you have had symptoms of IC for 10 years it will take 20 months of work to clear the...

read more

3 Therapies to Heal IC

Posted by on Sep 10, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 0 comments

3 Therapies to Heal IC

The IC bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, prostatitis, IBS, GERD, and fibromyalgia) produces not only bladder pain that can be intermittent(as in flares) but also often involves the vaginal canal(vulvodynia),  pelvic floor muscles, and often the rectum   And as is common with all people with IC there are some forms of bowel involvement with symptoms since from an energy science point of view the disease arises from the GI tract The Rectum and the Pelvic Nerves? IC is a systemic disease  Many matter science medical...

read more

IC and Botox Injections

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 4 comments

IC and Botox Injections

Over the last 20 years the interstitital cystitis(IC) complex of pelvic and bladder pain has been successfully treated by urologists with botox  Initially used as a way to focally paralyze muscle fibers in the face as a cosmetic application, it quickly crossed many lines of therapy for use in other organ systems in the body to include the bladder The use of the agent in bladder injection therapy is that the bladder and pelvic pain is related to muscle spasm in these respective areas that paralysis of the muscles would reduce the pain Matter...

read more

The Good News About IC

Posted by on Jul 23, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 5 comments

The Good News About IC

The pain of your IC flare is related to the movement of the qualities of hot, mobile, and dry   These qualities lead to the burning in the pelvis and on urination as well as the frequency and intense urgency you experience(leading to the rusty zipper syndrome) These primordial vibrational frequencies(fancy term for qualities) are moving through a long tube in the mindbody   This tube begins in the kidney and ends where the urine comes out when you urinate   It’s that simple!    Energy in the form of urine moves through this...

read more

IC and Cooling Drink

Posted by on Jun 25, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 8 comments

IC and Cooling Drink

The inflammation that occurs with your IC bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, GERD, IBS, and fibromyalgia) as we’ve talked about in the past is from the hot and mobile qualities from an energy science viewpoint As you know this pain can be excruciating and unrelenting causing undue stress on relationships and plans And there are things that we have discussed that can help with temporary relief of symptoms  But what would it be like it you lived a life without any bladder symptoms at all  This...

read more

IC and Vulvodynia/Chronic Prostatitis

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 29 comments

IC and Vulvodynia/Chronic Prostatitis

As you know the pelvic pain from IC can be so severe that it precludes having normal sexual activity  In a survey done through the ICA organization 90% of IC patients report problems with intimacy   And the majority of women(50-85%) have associated vulvodynia or pain specifically related to the vagina  For reasons not clear, ICA dropped the reference page to this statistic  The stats come from a response survey of an IC population culled from members of the organization  This numbers have been substantiated by other research The fear of...

read more

IC and 3 Things to Deal with Food Allergies

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, CPPS, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 11 comments

IC and 3 Things to Deal with Food Allergies

Interstitial cystitis (IC) painvsyndrome(intersitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, IBS, GERD, fibromyalgia)  is often associated with other conditions such as  food allergies or sensitivities and GERD which we have written about in the past   This is difficult to understand from a molecular approach to dis-ease since the model looks at the problem within an organ system without taking into consideration the interrelationship of all organ systems This is frustrating to physicians as well as patients seeking to understand the...

read more

The Upsetting Character of Nuts

Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 2 comments

The Upsetting Character of Nuts

The interstitial cystitis(IC) bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, IBS, GERD, fibromyalgia)with flares can be amplified by the routine use of nuts of any kind and this includes their butters!!  Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter Why? Unlike the matter science(MS) nutritional information that fatty acids are good and bad, the energy science(ES) of Ayurveda states that all nuts are inflammatory due to these molecular fatty acids regardless of the “good or bad nature of them”   The...

read more

IC and the Neti Pot

Posted by on May 14, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 5 comments

IC and the Neti Pot

Kapha is the energy pattern of stability in the physiology  It is composed of the qualities of heavy, slow/dull, cool, slimy/smooth, liquid, dense, soft, hard, static, and sticky  Think of the mucous from the common cold and you will have a good understanding of the qualities of Kapha which supports bodily structures When Kapha becomes excessive in the physiology it brings the static and heavy qualities in excess which block the lighter qualities of Vata and Pitta which are the primary instigators of the symptoms of the IC bladder pain...

read more

IC and Detoxifying Antiinflammatory Nutrition

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 3 comments

IC and Detoxifying Antiinflammatory Nutrition

The IC bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, GERD, IBS, fibromyalgia) is an inflammatory condition associated with serological inflammatory markers  It would make sense then that using an antiinflammatory nutritional format would be key  This also helps heal over time the microbiome that is universally affected in these conditions This unique combination of alkalinizing greens and protein can make a complete meal or as side dish for other foods on the table(can be used with squash, grain, and...

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IC and Improving Digestion: 10 Energy Science Remedies

Hot campfireIn energy science work it’s not just one thing that you do to heal the IC bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, IBS, GERD, and fibromyalgia) but a multiplicity of “things”  And most of the time(80%) it’s lifestyle behavior patterns not herbs and supplements that are the “things” that will make a difference  This particularly plays out in digestive issues where attention to details pays big dividends

This approach to disease brings clarity both emotionally and mentally so that better decision making is done as you move along in the process  So let’s take a look at some important choices that the energy science recommends to improve digestion

10 Energy Science Remedies for Poor Digestion

1  Biggest meal of the day at noon  The digestive system is most ready for the experience between 11a and 2p  Conversely at the same time at night between 11p and 2a one should be in bed or there is a great chance that you’ll be “raiding the fridge” particularly if Pitta is high and the digestion is too hot

2 No snacking   Snacking confuses the GI tract So eating the main meals at predetermined times every 4 hours is very important  If you snack you will never know true hunger  Due to its simple sugars that can be digested quickly fruit makes a perfect snack food

3 Only eat if real hunger exists  The way to tell if there is true hunger is to drink some water and see if you’re still hungry  If your hunger goes away then it’s false hunger  However the best way to lock into true hunger is to eat at specific times of the day, eat the biggest meal of the day at noon, and don’t snack

4 Ice is not nice   Ice cools the GI tract down and agni The enzyme systems work best at 98.6F and so when ice is used during meals it affects your digestion and creates ama which is undigested, unprocessed food  Ama is root of all disease so you can see that simply avoiding is a major step to improving your digestion

5 Pay attention to what you’re doing and chew food thoroughly  There is good experimental evidence to show that when you pay attention to the eating process you digest better  There are estimates as to how many “chews” should be used for each mouthful of food and I think that a reasonable number is 20  This guideline is also useful for food prepartation paying attention to the food being prepared

6 Take your time eating  Setting down your fork and chewing food, appreciating the taste, textures, and the completeness of chewing the food

7 Make a deal to sit while eating  Sitting in your car while driving doesn’t count here! Even if it’s a grape make a deal with yourself that you’ll sit down to eat the grape to create a habit

8 Don’t eat when emotional upset  Having mental and emotional turbulence prevents you from being able to focus on the process of eating at hand

9 Moderate exercise  Make a point to do some form of exercise every day  This improves agni and supports quality digestion and prevents ama formation  The use of pranayama and in particular kapalabhati(KB) is an excellent way to improve agni and get exercise  It may not seem like much but doing 5 minutes of KB is like running a half a mile

10 Use churans with meals  At foodsheal.com under nutritional tools there is a listing of churans which are collections of spices that can be used during cooking or sprinkling on food before eating  In the energy science each meal should have all 6 tastes  Churans can be instrumental in providing these tastes in order to help improve digestion

Expectations About Healing IC

Posted by on Sep 16, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 2 comments

Expectations About Healing IC

Obviously this is a common question posed by those doing energy science work for clearance of their IC complex of bladder pain and possibly IBS, GERD and fibromyalgia As a child you may have asked, “Are we there yet?” and “Now are we there yet?”  So when will this IC be over?   The short answer is, “It’s over when it’s over.”  But to be more specific, in general it takes 2 months of release for every year of imbalance   So if you have had symptoms of IC for 10 years it will take 20 months of work to clear the...

read more

3 Therapies to Heal IC

Posted by on Sep 10, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 0 comments

3 Therapies to Heal IC

The IC bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, prostatitis, IBS, GERD, and fibromyalgia) produces not only bladder pain that can be intermittent(as in flares) but also often involves the vaginal canal(vulvodynia),  pelvic floor muscles, and often the rectum   And as is common with all people with IC there are some forms of bowel involvement with symptoms since from an energy science point of view the disease arises from the GI tract The Rectum and the Pelvic Nerves? IC is a systemic disease  Many matter science medical...

read more

IC and Botox Injections

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 4 comments

IC and Botox Injections

Over the last 20 years the interstitital cystitis(IC) complex of pelvic and bladder pain has been successfully treated by urologists with botox  Initially used as a way to focally paralyze muscle fibers in the face as a cosmetic application, it quickly crossed many lines of therapy for use in other organ systems in the body to include the bladder The use of the agent in bladder injection therapy is that the bladder and pelvic pain is related to muscle spasm in these respective areas that paralysis of the muscles would reduce the pain Matter...

read more

The Good News About IC

Posted by on Jul 23, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 5 comments

The Good News About IC

The pain of your IC flare is related to the movement of the qualities of hot, mobile, and dry   These qualities lead to the burning in the pelvis and on urination as well as the frequency and intense urgency you experience(leading to the rusty zipper syndrome) These primordial vibrational frequencies(fancy term for qualities) are moving through a long tube in the mindbody   This tube begins in the kidney and ends where the urine comes out when you urinate   It’s that simple!    Energy in the form of urine moves through this...

read more

IC and Cooling Drink

Posted by on Jun 25, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 8 comments

IC and Cooling Drink

The inflammation that occurs with your IC bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, GERD, IBS, and fibromyalgia) as we’ve talked about in the past is from the hot and mobile qualities from an energy science viewpoint As you know this pain can be excruciating and unrelenting causing undue stress on relationships and plans And there are things that we have discussed that can help with temporary relief of symptoms  But what would it be like it you lived a life without any bladder symptoms at all  This...

read more

IC and Vulvodynia/Chronic Prostatitis

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 29 comments

IC and Vulvodynia/Chronic Prostatitis

As you know the pelvic pain from IC can be so severe that it precludes having normal sexual activity  In a survey done through the ICA organization 90% of IC patients report problems with intimacy   And the majority of women(50-85%) have associated vulvodynia or pain specifically related to the vagina  For reasons not clear, ICA dropped the reference page to this statistic  The stats come from a response survey of an IC population culled from members of the organization  This numbers have been substantiated by other research The fear of...

read more

IC and 3 Things to Deal with Food Allergies

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, CPPS, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 11 comments

IC and 3 Things to Deal with Food Allergies

Interstitial cystitis (IC) painvsyndrome(intersitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, IBS, GERD, fibromyalgia)  is often associated with other conditions such as  food allergies or sensitivities and GERD which we have written about in the past   This is difficult to understand from a molecular approach to dis-ease since the model looks at the problem within an organ system without taking into consideration the interrelationship of all organ systems This is frustrating to physicians as well as patients seeking to understand the...

read more

The Upsetting Character of Nuts

Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 2 comments

The Upsetting Character of Nuts

The interstitial cystitis(IC) bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, IBS, GERD, fibromyalgia)with flares can be amplified by the routine use of nuts of any kind and this includes their butters!!  Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter Why? Unlike the matter science(MS) nutritional information that fatty acids are good and bad, the energy science(ES) of Ayurveda states that all nuts are inflammatory due to these molecular fatty acids regardless of the “good or bad nature of them”   The...

read more

IC and the Neti Pot

Posted by on May 14, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 5 comments

IC and the Neti Pot

Kapha is the energy pattern of stability in the physiology  It is composed of the qualities of heavy, slow/dull, cool, slimy/smooth, liquid, dense, soft, hard, static, and sticky  Think of the mucous from the common cold and you will have a good understanding of the qualities of Kapha which supports bodily structures When Kapha becomes excessive in the physiology it brings the static and heavy qualities in excess which block the lighter qualities of Vata and Pitta which are the primary instigators of the symptoms of the IC bladder pain...

read more

IC and Detoxifying Antiinflammatory Nutrition

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 3 comments

IC and Detoxifying Antiinflammatory Nutrition

The IC bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, GERD, IBS, fibromyalgia) is an inflammatory condition associated with serological inflammatory markers  It would make sense then that using an antiinflammatory nutritional format would be key  This also helps heal over time the microbiome that is universally affected in these conditions This unique combination of alkalinizing greens and protein can make a complete meal or as side dish for other foods on the table(can be used with squash, grain, and...

read more

IC and 10 Guidelines to Get More Energy

All disease except for trauma begins in the GIT andmental energy so this underscores why nutritional habits are so important

But what nutritional habits? This is where the energy science can make its biggest contribution because the matter science molecular approach has no adequate model of disease  So it becomes hit and miss recommendations  So to heal the IC bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, IBS, GERD, and fibromylagia) the foundational work of nutrition according to the energy science guidelines is very very important

Ten Ways to Feel Energized by Food

1 Eat Foods with High Prana
Prana is the vital energy present in fresh vegetables and fruits and pure air that we breathe  From an energetic point of view one of the reasons for eating is to gain prana, so you want to choose foods that are high in prana

Incorporating more fresh vegetables and fruits in your diet will give you an immediate energy boost  It’s also important to cut the vegetables and cook them fresh at every meal  Buying pre-cut vegetables means that you have already lost some of the prana  For that reason, buy vegetables and fruits whole for maximum vitality

2 Eat Organic or Locally Grown Foods Whenever Possible

Organic foods have more prana than foods that have been polluted with chemical fertilizers and pesticides  If your body has to work hard to detoxity the chemicals every time you eat with the liver, you’ll feel fatigued and toxic

Locally grown foods are also higher in prana, because they don’t have to be shipped or stored and can be bought tree-ripened  There is another reason to eat locally grown foods–they contain the same ratio of the five fundamental levels as the climate in which you live

One ayurvedic principle says that equal proportions of the elements is always enhancing  Locally grown herbs, fruits, vegetables and dairy products will have a more powerful and energizing biological impact  Herbs and plants grown in the desert are more helpful for the people who live in that kind of dry, hot climate

This principle doesn’t apply to grains or beans, which are grown in different regions  And if you can’t get locally grown veggies or fruits, it’s better to eat imported produce  The point here is that if you have a choice, buy or grow local produce for more vitality

3 Avoid Eating Dead or Unintelligent Food
Just as fresh produce has more prana, food that is old, dead, or heavily processed contains very little life force  Frozen, canned, packaged, processed, bottled, fermented or leftover foods are either too old to be healthy, or even worse, have been altered with chemical preservatives and flavorings  This kind of unintelligent, dead food is difficult to digest and creates ama, which clogs the body’s channels and creates fatigue  Choose food that is fresh, whole and unaltered by chemicals or harmful processing methods

4  Eat Energizing Foods
Besides fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, an energizing diet includes whole grains such as quinoa, barley and amaranth  For protein, organic milk, lassi (a yogurt drink), paneer(fresh cheese) are energy-producing  Almonds, cashews, or walnuts are an excellent source of protein if they are soaked first or cooked with the grains to make them more digestible  Split-mung dhal and other small or split beans are an excellent source of protein  Some delightful foods that are also excellent sources of protein are Milk-date Shake and Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding
Ingredients:

  • 1 c. water
  • 1/2 c. basmati rice
  • 4 c. whole milk
  • 1 tsp. chopped dates
  • 2 tsp. cashews or pistachios
  • 3 small pieces green cardamom, crushed
  • 1 tsp. sugar (or to taste)

Directions:
Soak rice in water for 2 hours  Boil milk  Add rice and all other ingredients  Boil slowly for 30 minutes or more until the mixture reaches a slightly thick consistency, but you can stir it easily  It will thicken a little more when you let it cool

Fresh, easy-to-digest oils are another important part of the energizing diet  Ghee is an excellent cooking oil or baking oil because it doesn’t burn at high heat  Extra virgin olive oil from the first press is healthy for baking or sautéing at low temperatures

5  Eat a Variety of Foods
Rather than getting in a rut and just making rice, dhal and the same vegetables every day, be sure to rotate your selection so you are always getting a wide variety of grains, fruits, vegetables, proteins and flavors

Ayurveda recommends that you eat all six flavors–sweet, sour, salty, bitter, astringent and pungent–in every meal  If you are getting bored with your food, or if you are having cravings for unhealthy foods, that’s a clue that you are not getting all six tastes  You can take the guess work out of food selection by going to foodsheal.com to see what foods are best for you

One way to add more flavor and fun is to use Peach Chutney and Mango Chutney to complement the food. Each contains all six tastes, adding zest and energizing spice to the meal

6  Cook with Energizing Spices
Cooking with spices makes the food more digestible and creates energy  The ayurvedic way to cook with spices is to sauté them at low heat in olive oil and ghee, then stir them into steamed vegetables, cooked grains, or soupy dals  An alternative method is to sauté the spices in Ghee or olive oil and then sauté the raw vegetables, grains or dal  Add water and cook until tender

Choose spices that are recommended for your body type  Spice mixtures called churnas can be made from recipes at foodsheal.com

7  Avoid Energy-Draining Combinations
Avoid foods that don’t digest well when combined  Combining the following foods create ama and low energy

8  Drink Energizing Water
Drinking lots of coffee, tea or caffeinated soft drinks may give you a false burst of energy, but caffeine taxes the liver, creating a toxic build-up and fatigue  It’s better to drink beverages that clear toxins from the channels of the body

9  Minimize Restaurant Eating
If you must eat out, choose your restaurant carefully  Keep an eye on the ingredients and cooking methods. Are the ingredients fresh or frozen? Are leftovers served? Are there healthy oils? These are the questions you can ask

10  Eat in a Settled Atmosphere
Ayurveda recommends that you eat in a settled atmosphere to gain maximum vitality from food  If you talk on the phone, watch TV or conduct a business meeting over lunch, your food is not going to digest properly  It will probably create ama, which is the cause of dullness and fatigue. Eating while standing, walking or driving also creates ama rather than energy

Turn off the electronic devices and eat with someone you care about  Leave your responsibilities at the door–and instead revel in the beautiful colors, tastes, smells and textures of the food  All of this amounts to respecting your food and your digestion, and will help create the kind of light, clear, vital feeling that good food is meant to do

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expectations About Healing IC

Posted by on Sep 16, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 2 comments

Expectations About Healing IC

Obviously this is a common question posed by those doing energy science work for clearance of their IC complex of bladder pain and possibly IBS, GERD and fibromyalgia As a child you may have asked, “Are we there yet?” and “Now are we there yet?”  So when will this IC be over?   The short answer is, “It’s over when it’s over.”  But to be more specific, in general it takes 2 months of release for every year of imbalance   So if you have had symptoms of IC for 10 years it will take 20 months of work to clear the...

read more

3 Therapies to Heal IC

Posted by on Sep 10, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 0 comments

3 Therapies to Heal IC

The IC bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, prostatitis, IBS, GERD, and fibromyalgia) produces not only bladder pain that can be intermittent(as in flares) but also often involves the vaginal canal(vulvodynia),  pelvic floor muscles, and often the rectum   And as is common with all people with IC there are some forms of bowel involvement with symptoms since from an energy science point of view the disease arises from the GI tract The Rectum and the Pelvic Nerves? IC is a systemic disease  Many matter science medical...

read more

IC and Botox Injections

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 4 comments

IC and Botox Injections

Over the last 20 years the interstitital cystitis(IC) complex of pelvic and bladder pain has been successfully treated by urologists with botox  Initially used as a way to focally paralyze muscle fibers in the face as a cosmetic application, it quickly crossed many lines of therapy for use in other organ systems in the body to include the bladder The use of the agent in bladder injection therapy is that the bladder and pelvic pain is related to muscle spasm in these respective areas that paralysis of the muscles would reduce the pain Matter...

read more

The Good News About IC

Posted by on Jul 23, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 5 comments

The Good News About IC

The pain of your IC flare is related to the movement of the qualities of hot, mobile, and dry   These qualities lead to the burning in the pelvis and on urination as well as the frequency and intense urgency you experience(leading to the rusty zipper syndrome) These primordial vibrational frequencies(fancy term for qualities) are moving through a long tube in the mindbody   This tube begins in the kidney and ends where the urine comes out when you urinate   It’s that simple!    Energy in the form of urine moves through this...

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IC and Cooling Drink

Posted by on Jun 25, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 8 comments

IC and Cooling Drink

The inflammation that occurs with your IC bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, GERD, IBS, and fibromyalgia) as we’ve talked about in the past is from the hot and mobile qualities from an energy science viewpoint As you know this pain can be excruciating and unrelenting causing undue stress on relationships and plans And there are things that we have discussed that can help with temporary relief of symptoms  But what would it be like it you lived a life without any bladder symptoms at all  This...

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IC and Vulvodynia/Chronic Prostatitis

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 29 comments

IC and Vulvodynia/Chronic Prostatitis

As you know the pelvic pain from IC can be so severe that it precludes having normal sexual activity  In a survey done through the ICA organization 90% of IC patients report problems with intimacy   And the majority of women(50-85%) have associated vulvodynia or pain specifically related to the vagina  For reasons not clear, ICA dropped the reference page to this statistic  The stats come from a response survey of an IC population culled from members of the organization  This numbers have been substantiated by other research The fear of...

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IC and 3 Things to Deal with Food Allergies

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, CPPS, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 11 comments

IC and 3 Things to Deal with Food Allergies

Interstitial cystitis (IC) painvsyndrome(intersitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, IBS, GERD, fibromyalgia)  is often associated with other conditions such as  food allergies or sensitivities and GERD which we have written about in the past   This is difficult to understand from a molecular approach to dis-ease since the model looks at the problem within an organ system without taking into consideration the interrelationship of all organ systems This is frustrating to physicians as well as patients seeking to understand the...

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The Upsetting Character of Nuts

Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 2 comments

The Upsetting Character of Nuts

The interstitial cystitis(IC) bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, IBS, GERD, fibromyalgia)with flares can be amplified by the routine use of nuts of any kind and this includes their butters!!  Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter Why? Unlike the matter science(MS) nutritional information that fatty acids are good and bad, the energy science(ES) of Ayurveda states that all nuts are inflammatory due to these molecular fatty acids regardless of the “good or bad nature of them”   The...

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IC and the Neti Pot

Posted by on May 14, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 5 comments

IC and the Neti Pot

Kapha is the energy pattern of stability in the physiology  It is composed of the qualities of heavy, slow/dull, cool, slimy/smooth, liquid, dense, soft, hard, static, and sticky  Think of the mucous from the common cold and you will have a good understanding of the qualities of Kapha which supports bodily structures When Kapha becomes excessive in the physiology it brings the static and heavy qualities in excess which block the lighter qualities of Vata and Pitta which are the primary instigators of the symptoms of the IC bladder pain...

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IC and Detoxifying Antiinflammatory Nutrition

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 3 comments

IC and Detoxifying Antiinflammatory Nutrition

The IC bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, GERD, IBS, fibromyalgia) is an inflammatory condition associated with serological inflammatory markers  It would make sense then that using an antiinflammatory nutritional format would be key  This also helps heal over time the microbiome that is universally affected in these conditions This unique combination of alkalinizing greens and protein can make a complete meal or as side dish for other foods on the table(can be used with squash, grain, and...

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Windows of Observation: IC and Stories from the Energy Body

What Are You Looking For question asking your mission, goal, queIn the IC bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, IBS, GERD, and fibromyalgia) the qualites of hot and mobile amongst others become apparent  It is the awareness of these qualities that tell us that something is “not right in river city”  The sensation of hot leads to the burning sensation on urination or a feeling of burning in the vagina, prostate, or perineum  This quality also leads to irritability, impatience, anger, resentments about the disease that’s being experienced

The mobile quality leads to frequency of urination, getting up at night, urgency to urinate, and anxiety of not knowing what’s going on or if the problem will ever go away

Sensations Are More Than You Think

Have you had the experience of equanimity? That is, the sense that the body is peaceful and restful  There are no abnormal sensations being reported to you  Yes, I think we can all relate to that sense of peace in the mindbody

So when we have sensations in our body they are messengers from inner space from our energy field  And rather than be stressed out about them we can welcome them for what they truly are…messages from the mindbody of dis-ease  Nothing more and nothing less  It’s the mindbody’s way of getting in touch with us and letting us know that something is not quite right

Hence sensations become our windows of observation of the inner workings of our energy field and so we should never ever discount sensations  Rather than be fearful of the abnormal sensations we can simply observe and be grateful that the mindbody is letting us know that something has caused us to leave our state of equanimity

For example, if you go on a hike with your kids and you find that your back muscles are getting tired due to the steep grade of the hill your kids are running up, you take a rest because the mindbody is telling you that your muscles are not conditioned enough to keep on doing the task  You give the muscles some rest and they’re ready to begin to do some more work  This process is called conditioning and the messages from your mindbody are not to stop but to simply rest

What about emotions? Do they lack sensations?  Of course not  The sense of compassion, kindness, gratitude, and love all carry sensations of oily, liquid, soft, warm, light, subtle, and clear 

Using Sensations in Dis-eases of the Energy Mindbody

So it’s important as much as we can to observe our energy field by noticing our sensations  When we begin becoming a better observer we become a better healer  How could this be?

The subtle noticing of how the sensation of hot or mobile is changing for the better gives us a clue that what we are doing is making a difference….that we’re on the right track toward dealing with our dis-ease whatever that might be

I’ve mentioned journaling in past blogs and this is where jotting down your observations can be very helpful because at times the changes in sensation can be so subtle that we may not be able to remember how that sensation was yesterday or last month or even last year  Being able to go back over your notes can reassuringly help remind you of how much progress you have made

Healing is not made in a straightline  It occurs in waves exactly how the energy field expresses itself  So there are good days and bad days and by journaling we get to see this wave like effect in action

 

Expectations About Healing IC

Posted by on Sep 16, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 2 comments

Expectations About Healing IC

Obviously this is a common question posed by those doing energy science work for clearance of their IC complex of bladder pain and possibly IBS, GERD and fibromyalgia As a child you may have asked, “Are we there yet?” and “Now are we there yet?”  So when will this IC be over?   The short answer is, “It’s over when it’s over.”  But to be more specific, in general it takes 2 months of release for every year of imbalance   So if you have had symptoms of IC for 10 years it will take 20 months of work to clear the...

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3 Therapies to Heal IC

Posted by on Sep 10, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 0 comments

3 Therapies to Heal IC

The IC bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, prostatitis, IBS, GERD, and fibromyalgia) produces not only bladder pain that can be intermittent(as in flares) but also often involves the vaginal canal(vulvodynia),  pelvic floor muscles, and often the rectum   And as is common with all people with IC there are some forms of bowel involvement with symptoms since from an energy science point of view the disease arises from the GI tract The Rectum and the Pelvic Nerves? IC is a systemic disease  Many matter science medical...

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IC and Botox Injections

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 4 comments

IC and Botox Injections

Over the last 20 years the interstitital cystitis(IC) complex of pelvic and bladder pain has been successfully treated by urologists with botox  Initially used as a way to focally paralyze muscle fibers in the face as a cosmetic application, it quickly crossed many lines of therapy for use in other organ systems in the body to include the bladder The use of the agent in bladder injection therapy is that the bladder and pelvic pain is related to muscle spasm in these respective areas that paralysis of the muscles would reduce the pain Matter...

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The Good News About IC

Posted by on Jul 23, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 5 comments

The Good News About IC

The pain of your IC flare is related to the movement of the qualities of hot, mobile, and dry   These qualities lead to the burning in the pelvis and on urination as well as the frequency and intense urgency you experience(leading to the rusty zipper syndrome) These primordial vibrational frequencies(fancy term for qualities) are moving through a long tube in the mindbody   This tube begins in the kidney and ends where the urine comes out when you urinate   It’s that simple!    Energy in the form of urine moves through this...

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IC and Cooling Drink

Posted by on Jun 25, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 8 comments

IC and Cooling Drink

The inflammation that occurs with your IC bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, GERD, IBS, and fibromyalgia) as we’ve talked about in the past is from the hot and mobile qualities from an energy science viewpoint As you know this pain can be excruciating and unrelenting causing undue stress on relationships and plans And there are things that we have discussed that can help with temporary relief of symptoms  But what would it be like it you lived a life without any bladder symptoms at all  This...

read more

IC and Vulvodynia/Chronic Prostatitis

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 29 comments

IC and Vulvodynia/Chronic Prostatitis

As you know the pelvic pain from IC can be so severe that it precludes having normal sexual activity  In a survey done through the ICA organization 90% of IC patients report problems with intimacy   And the majority of women(50-85%) have associated vulvodynia or pain specifically related to the vagina  For reasons not clear, ICA dropped the reference page to this statistic  The stats come from a response survey of an IC population culled from members of the organization  This numbers have been substantiated by other research The fear of...

read more

IC and 3 Things to Deal with Food Allergies

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, CPPS, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 11 comments

IC and 3 Things to Deal with Food Allergies

Interstitial cystitis (IC) painvsyndrome(intersitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, IBS, GERD, fibromyalgia)  is often associated with other conditions such as  food allergies or sensitivities and GERD which we have written about in the past   This is difficult to understand from a molecular approach to dis-ease since the model looks at the problem within an organ system without taking into consideration the interrelationship of all organ systems This is frustrating to physicians as well as patients seeking to understand the...

read more

The Upsetting Character of Nuts

Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 2 comments

The Upsetting Character of Nuts

The interstitial cystitis(IC) bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, IBS, GERD, fibromyalgia)with flares can be amplified by the routine use of nuts of any kind and this includes their butters!!  Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter Why? Unlike the matter science(MS) nutritional information that fatty acids are good and bad, the energy science(ES) of Ayurveda states that all nuts are inflammatory due to these molecular fatty acids regardless of the “good or bad nature of them”   The...

read more

IC and the Neti Pot

Posted by on May 14, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 5 comments

IC and the Neti Pot

Kapha is the energy pattern of stability in the physiology  It is composed of the qualities of heavy, slow/dull, cool, slimy/smooth, liquid, dense, soft, hard, static, and sticky  Think of the mucous from the common cold and you will have a good understanding of the qualities of Kapha which supports bodily structures When Kapha becomes excessive in the physiology it brings the static and heavy qualities in excess which block the lighter qualities of Vata and Pitta which are the primary instigators of the symptoms of the IC bladder pain...

read more

IC and Detoxifying Antiinflammatory Nutrition

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 3 comments

IC and Detoxifying Antiinflammatory Nutrition

The IC bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, GERD, IBS, fibromyalgia) is an inflammatory condition associated with serological inflammatory markers  It would make sense then that using an antiinflammatory nutritional format would be key  This also helps heal over time the microbiome that is universally affected in these conditions This unique combination of alkalinizing greens and protein can make a complete meal or as side dish for other foods on the table(can be used with squash, grain, and...

read more
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